Henry John Poile, former NBFAA president, passes away

Security Systems News learned today that former NBFAA president Henry John Poile, passed away Dec. 3. Please see a copy below of the notice from ESA, which includes more information about Poile and arrangements. Poile's friends and admirers may enjoy this story about Poile, which my colleague Dan Gelinas, found online. It's from a 1966 court case where John Poile was the primary witness to the burglary. Not only that, he blocked the door of the store so the suspects couldn't escape. From the court document:
The principal witness for the State was Henry Poile, an employee of the Kedzie-Kane Alarm Company. He testified that on September 4, 1964, he went to 2848 West Madison Street, a 3-story building, to answer an alarm signal. The alarm was about 3:24 p.m. The front of the first floor was occupied by an auto accessory store owned by Leonard Nathan. The rear of the first floor and the entire second and third floors were abandoned. Poile arrived at the building at 3:29 p.m. and pulled into an alley behind the building. As he started to leave his car, he saw four men run out of a door at the rear of the premises. The men ran upstairs at the rear to the second floor. He was approximately 30 feet away when he first observed the defendant, who was one of the four men. Defendant was the third man on the stairs. All four men entered the second floor. Poile then went to the open rear door to block the exit. Five minutes later, he saw the defendant in custody of the police and identified him as one of the men he saw earlier.
If you're interested in perusing the whole document, here's the link.
Today, we received the sad news that NBFAA Past President (1965 - 1967) Henry John Poile has passed away.    John worked in the security business throughout his professional life.  After serving in WWII, John returned home to work in his family's security business.  In 1959, upon his father's death, he became owner and president of the business, renaming the company Kedzie Kane Alarm.  John owned the company from 1959 until 1972, when he sold it to Honeywell.  He continued as their branch manager in Elk Grove Village, IL until retiring in 1992, after which he provided part-time consultation until 1995.    As president of NBFAA, John was an inspiring leader, urging the membership to get involved and to look for ways to better the association and their businesses.  Always inquisitive in nature, he promoted efficient, successful procedures through the concept of look, study and discover.    The following information is from his son, David:   I was my father's caregiver for the last year and a half and his passing has been particularly difficult for me.  He passed away early Sunday morning (December 13, 2009) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL of complications due to pneumonia.  He had been in the hospital for one week.  He was literally fine one moment and then he was not fine the next.  He was making progress all week and, on Friday, I thought he was very close to turning the corner and beating the illness.  Sadly, that was not the case.   He did put up a good fight.    The visitation wake will be Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at Gibbons-Elliston Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale, IL, (630) 323-0275 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   The funeral will be Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL, (630) 654-3365 at 10:00 a.m.   There will be a shortened visitation at 9:15 a.m. just prior to the Funeral Mass in the church sanctuary.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.   In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL, 60642.    For further information or questions, please call David Poile at (847) 810-9488 or email him at dpoile@prodigy.net.